Alto Central Palletiser

by Greg Perry

Alto Central Palletiser

This central palletiser was installed in 2009 (confirm!) but is still going strong. All palletisers are customised to the number of lines and rates required; this line is optimised for a large number of lines (up to 36) but a relatively low case rate on each line, which means robots on tracks is the perfect solution. The line features 3 pallet types with the robot picking the required pallet from the stack and loading it in place using the special gripper adaptor. Finished pallets are taken out on rail shuttles to the hood wrapper and on to the warehouse.

Don’s Smallgoods central palletiser

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Don’s Smallgoods central palletiser

This central palletiser was installed in 2009 and is still going strong.

Receiving over 9,000 cartons per hour from 27 packing lines, with 16 robots and 32 pallet stations the system outputs over 100 wrapped pallets per hour.

The system is serviced by AGV delivering stacks of empty pallets and taking the finished pallets away.

Featuring ABB 4600 robots the system uses custom rail shuttles to transfer the pallets from pallet preparation to each station then on to the stretch wrapper..

Croissant Packing

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Croissant Packing

When your production volumes are high you need automation that can match your output.

This automation cell:

  • Takes packets of croissants directly from the bakery line at production output speed
  • Erects a box
  • Packs the trays into shippers in layers of 4
  • Palletises the shippers with slip sheet on pallet
  • Shrink- wraps with corner posts ready for dispatch.

All at a rate of 260 packets per minute (approx. 4 per second)

Automation of corner posting is always a challenge but this custom built example offers a unique reliable solution.

AGVs for pallet movements

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AGVs for pallet movements

ADDE designed and built a central palletiser for AstraZeneca in Sydney that uses autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) for all pallet movements.

A mezzanine was installed to allow the UR10 robots upstairs to palletise while the pallets are finished downstairs.

The system palletises onto cardboard Euro Pallets that are moved on customised tables. It uses Swisslog CarryPick vehicles which lift the tables with their integrated lifting system.

The vehicles navigate using markers on the floor around a fixed path. The system is not ‘people safe’, mainly because of the large industrial robots downstairs, so these marker following vehicle are fit for purpose in this application.

The system has 2 vehicles on the mezzanine and 3 downstairs in the pallet finishing operations all under the control of the master fleet management system.

Palletising with UR10s

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Palletising with UR10s

This central palletiser at AstraZeneca in Sydney uses 7 Universal Robot UR10 robots to palletise products from 12 production lines onto cardboard euro pallets. Read more

Automatic Corner Post

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Automatic Corner Post

This automatic corner post application on a turntable stretch wrapper uses an ABB IRB 1200 to pick up a corner post from a magazine stack, fold it then apply tack adhesive.

The robot:

  • scans the corner of the pallet for accurate placement of the corner post.
  • applies one layer of stretch wrapping to the pallet before attaching the corner posts.
  • then applies another layer of stretch wrapping to hold the posts in place permanently.